Garmin GPSMAP 62S Handheld GPS Navigator
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- Rugged handheld navigator 2.6-inch, sunlight-readable TFT display with 160 x 240 pixel resolution
- Built-in worldwide basemap with shaded relief; download Garmin Connect photos for picture navigation
- Built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass and barometric altimeter for bearing and altitude
- Share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin device users
- 1.7G of onboard memory and microSD card slot for adding a wide array of topographic, marine and road maps
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I purchased the 62st recently and took it out for a 9 mile geocaching adventure. While I like the unit very much in general, it has one major problem. Like any hiking GPS, the 62st will record your track as you hike, letting you upload it to your computer when you return home. This is very useful for keeping track of your adventures. The accuracy of the 62st's GPS, combined with its barometric altimeter, lets you accurately record your track for later use.
Sadly what I discovered is that on the 62st simply pressing buttons on the GPS interferes with the barometric altimeter. Pressing even a single button on the GPS can result in spikes in the recorded data of 30 feet or more! On my first test hike, my 62st GPS said that I had climbed more than 8000 vertical feet, while the other GPSes carried by my friends on the same hike recorded only 2000.
I did apples-to-apples comparison experiments of the Garmin 62st, Garmin 60csx and Delorme PN-40, and only the 62st exhibits this bug. Pressing buttons on the other GPSes does not interfere with the recorded track data.
I have been in contact with Garmin Support about this issue, but as of today there is no fix.
Until this issue is resolved sadly I cannot recommend the Garmin 62s or 62st. I hope for a fix soon!
UPDATE as of 8/12/2010: Today Garmin released a new set of beta firmware for the 62 series GPSes. In preliminary experiments, the new firmware seems to have significantly improved things with respect to the altimeter. I will do more testing this weekend, but the situation seems to be improving!Read more ›
My previous two GPSs are the GPSmap76 (purchased 2001) and the Edge 305 bike GPS (purchased 2009). I have used the 76S successfully with Bluechart software for kayaking in the Pacific NW, and with Garmin MetroGuide 2007 for biking around WA State. I give the 76S a 4/5 rating - a great device, which has saved me many times out in the fog. The 305 I give only 3/5 rating - too expensive for what it is (essentially a fancy bike computer, without maps). Also, the 305 suffers from vibration and will turn off when my bike hits a bump.
I am an Electrical Engineer who writes control software for a living. I have been using the 62S for about 3 months - two months while biking around Seattle, and one month during a trip with my wife to Europe. It has worked OK, and has helped us drive about 1000 miles around Sweden, Norway and S. England. However, I have encountered some frustrations with it and the CN software. Overall, I rate the 62S and CN software 3.5/5 - good, but could be improved. I haven't used other manufacturer's GPSs so maybe this is as good as it gets right now. I have a number of comments about the CN software and the 62S user interface, in the hope that these may be improved in time. I am not an expert in using the 62S so perhaps some criticisms are invalid. In that case, I hope a reader can update me.
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I used the 62s while hunting and found that I could always get a solid signal regardless of how dense the forest was. The 62s is so much better than the eTrex Vista I had been using since 2002...the 62s is in a different league.
The user interface took a little getting used to, when compared to the eTrex Visa, but the 62s has a lot more features. The technology has come a long way in 8 years.
By the way, Garmin's web site only specifies that the 62s accepts up to 4GB Micro SD cards. However, 4GB Micro SD cards hard to find, but the 4GB Micro SDHC cards are readily available. I contacted Garmin Tech Support to confirm that the 62s supports both Micro SD and Micro SDHC cards up to 4GB max.
The power saver feature worked great, and I love the fact that the user interface can be customized.
I purchased a ZAGG screen protector for my 62s. ZAGG didn't have one for the 62s yet (the 62s was too new when I purchased it) but the one that fits a GPSmap 60 can be trimmed and works fine.
I have absolutely no regrets at having purchased this product, and I'm a real picky consumer. Garmin scored another home run with this one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Using it now for 2 yrs., both field hiking and back-country canoeing. Good screen size and resolution and easy to use menus. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
No batteries in the package...slightly complicated do set up out of USPublished 27 days ago by Edson Paixão
This GPS kept me from getting lost in the Rocky Mountains. I was there studying reptiles and had to use the GPS to mark their locations so that they could be returned after a night... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luna
Basically the unit itself as a handheld GPS is great. But, and it's a big but, the case is crap. The rubber cover is VERY poor. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ted Sarah
This thing is garbage.... impossible to use, impossible to program.... This will be my LAST Garmin.Published 3 months ago by Paul Kempf
very good product, description is the same that the seller, work pefectPublished 3 months ago by Galo